Air China tells Lankans there’s more to China than Beijing and Shanghai

Air China tells Lankans there’s more to China than Beijing and Shanghai

Air China is keen that Sri Lankans visit more places in China than just Beijing and Shanghai, Xinhua reports. “We hope to introduce Sri Lankan travel agents to destinations other than Beijing and Shanghai so that they can promote them among Sri Lankan tourists,” said Emily Liu, General Manager of Air China, Colombo Office, at a forum for Sri Lankan tour operators here on Saturday.

Odisha’s Bali Jatra festival commemorates ancient links with South and South East Asia

Odisha’s Bali Jatra festival commemorates ancient links with South and South East Asia

The Bali Jatra (also known as Voyage to Bali and Bōita Bandāṇa),a famous annual festival in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha, celebrates ancient cross-cultural social and trade connections with South and South-East Asia. The festival is held in the city of Cuttack at Gadagadia Ghat on the Mahanadi river, to mark the day when the Sadhabas (ancient Oriya mariners) would set sail to the distant island of Bali in present-day Indonesia, writes visual anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

Sri Lanka braces itself to receive more Indians, both the young and the elderly

Sri Lanka braces itself to receive more Indians, both the young and the elderly

Sri Lanka is aiming for a tourism revenue of $4 billion this year, which would be a record high for the sector. To achieve that, the island’s tourism department will chiefly target visitors from India, from where it gets the highest number of visitors. And there has been an up tick in the arrival of young Indians, writes Meera Srinivasan in The Hindu.

Shangri La, Colombo, offers a great Iftar feast this Ramadan

Shangri La, Colombo, offers a great Iftar feast this Ramadan

Colombo, May 24 (newsin.asia) – This Ramadan season, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo celebrates the tradition of the fasting month with thoughtful offerings and a great Iftar feast in its famous all day dining restaurant – Table One – and the Sapphyr Lounge. Table One – As the sun sets, spend blessed time with family and friends […]

Why families with kids are rushing off to Pattaya this summer

Why families with kids are rushing off to Pattaya this summer

No kidding, Pattaya is way more than a famous party place for adults. Thailand’s eternally popular seaside town has a surprising side to it that makes it a wonderland for families with children; packed with wholesome family fun – as I was amazed to discover recently. Know more about these new attractions, some you’re probably hearing for the first time, writes Indu Balachandran in www.pickyourtrail.com

Slave Island in Colombo is where the colonial and the modern coexist

Slave Island in Colombo is where the colonial and the modern coexist

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history with modernity. It is the Justice Akbar Mawatha, stretching from Kompannavidiya Railway […]

Maldivian Tourism Minister takes up fall in tourist arrivals with Chinese envoy

Maldivian Tourism Minister takes up fall in tourist arrivals with Chinese envoy

Male, February 15 (newsin.asia): Maldivian Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer met Chinese Ambassador  Zhang Lizhong last Sunday to discuss the declining number of tourists from China after the Maldivian government declared a State of Emergency on February 5. The Maldives Marketing and Public and Relations (MMPRC) said in a tweet that discussions were about the potential impact […]

Crisis does not deter travel writers from giving the thumbs up to Maldives

Crisis does not deter travel writers from giving the thumbs up to Maldives

Male, February 8 (newsin.asia):  Following renewed political turmoil this week in the Maldives, President Abdulla Yameen declared a countrywide 15-day state of emergency on Monday, prompting travel alerts by the U.S., U.K., Australia, China, and India during the island nation’s high tourist season. But this isn’t a straight-forward travel alert, points out Laura Dannen Redman Digital […]

India’s woman cross country biker Sana Iqbal dies in a road accident

India’s woman cross country biker Sana Iqbal dies in a road accident

Hyderabad, October 24 (TNIE): Indian cross-country woman biker, Sana Iqbal, who had taken up the fight against suicide and depression by spreading awareness through her bike rides, died in a car accident on the outskirts of Hyderabad early on Tuesday. Twenty-nine-year-old Sana and her husband were travelling to Tolichowki on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) […]

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